Turkey is a country that really has all of this and yet has not managed many bucket lists – it is a place where history meets adventure. From its irregular coastline in the bustling city of Istanbul to the vast deserts and "fairy chimneys", the scenery will surprise and amaze you.
Because it has such a different landscape, figuring out when to visit it all depends on where you look and what you want to do. Although it has taken a rep to be a summer destination, come winter the mountains are covered in beautiful snow.
So if you are looking for a European winter getaway or exploring the whole history of Istanbul, read on to find the best time to travel to Turkey!
March to May
Spring is the prime time to visit Turkey because of the beautiful weather and long days. If you are looking to explore the ancient ruins that lift the country, go from March to May. Come April, the tulip season has reached its climax and you can see thousands of colorful flowers in all the parks and gardens.
Because the weather is perfect, it is high season for places like Constantinople and Cappadocia. Many of the boutique hotels are fully booked and prices are rising. If you want to get to know these cities during these months, it is advisable to book much earlier.
If you don't want to pay too much or fight with crowds, this is the off-season for Aegean and Mediterranean resorts.
Visit during May and you'll get to know the Hidrellez Festival, a spring celebration that includes exhibitions by traditional Turkish bands.
June to September
From June to September, summer is marked in Turkey, which means warm weather, ideal for enjoying a sun on the Turquoise coast or for a dip in the Mediterranean. While this is the perfect time to work on your tan, ancient sites offer little or no shade, making explorations a bit uncomfortable.
This is also the peak season for cruise ships in coastal resorts. Popular ancient attractions like Ephesus can be very busy, so it's best to plan a different season to see the iconic sites.
If you can handle the heat, visiting Istanbul and Cappodocia is much more affordable and has smaller crowds and lines to enter. Cappodocia is also covered by flowers, making it a beautiful time to spend in the area.
October to November
Fall is another great time to explore. Although temperatures remain a little warm in early September, they come in the middle of the month, with temperatures starting to cool down, making them similar to those in spring. The only difference is that the days are a little shorter and there is a higher chance of rain.
The luxury of summer dies down a bit and it is great to see the cities and ancient sites.
The Turquoise Coast is also quieter and cheaper. However, prices still tend to be higher for boutique accommodation in places like Istanbul. Hotels across the Mediterranean tend to be booked until mid-October, so if this is high on your to-do list, you will definitely want to reach the beginning of October.
And for all of you wine lovers, the International Wine Festival takes place in Cappodocia in late October. You will find many tasting events from local vineyards. The end of October brings to Republic Day, where you can watch fireworks displays.
December – February
Although Turkey may not look like the cold, the winter months can be quite cold and rainy. The snowfall is not unusual and creates a beautiful view. Because of this colder weather, you will not find many tourists wandering.
If you do not mind a little cold, you can benefit from the lower prices, smaller crowds and better availability at hotels. In fact, you can save up to 75% on hotels, restaurants and tours.
Were you in Turkey? If so, at what time did you go and what were the highlights for you? I'd love to hear the comments below!